These chocolate covered stuffed dates are per-fec-tion. And with only 3 ingredients, it’s a total walk in the park and requires no cooking skills whatsoever, so it’s a great one to get the kids involved in the kitchen! The stuffed dates require no more than 15 minutes to prep and costs £0.25 per date. I personally think it’s a great recipe to bring to a party, have as a snack in the office or even serve as a sweet treat after dinner with friends. It’s also vegan friendly, refined sugar free, dairy free and gluten free. The only trouble you may have with it is trying to stop yourself from eating the entire tray! Served with mint tea on the side and it’s all over folks. *You’ve been warned.*
I’ve been seeing a whole lot of stuffed dates on Instagram and Pinterest of late and I just knew I had to put my stamp on it. I mean COME ON, I’ve practically grown up in the land of dates (the United Arab Emirates if any of you were wondering). Dates are totally my jam!
There’s just so much nostalgia surrounding dates for me. When we were little, dad would pick us up from school after work, mum would come back home from work and we would all have lunch together on our dining table. When we were all done, we would then head over to my parents’ bedroom (before they have their afternoon siesta as is customary in most hot countries, life was good man), and my job was to bring dates for all of us to enjoy as we sat on their bed and talked about our day together.
Before chocolate covered stuffed dates ever became a hit online, they’ve been popular in the Middle East for a while. In fact, instead of chocolate truffles or celebration boxes, the ultimate chocolatier gift set is usually a box of luxury chocolate covered dates, stuffed with nuts, with all the bells and whistles.
So I definitely wanted to keep these chocolate covered stuffed dates simple and as close to the arabian vibe as possible (hence pistachos - yummmm!). I stayed away from dates stuffed with nut butters as I feel like the dates are creamy enough and taste so much nicer with a contrasting texture and a bit of a crunch.
I also went with the deglet noor variation instead of medjool dates to make this recipe more budget friendly as deglet noor dates are less expensive than their popular counterpart. Buuuut if you love your medjool dates (they are larger and juicier), feel free to use them but the proportion of nuts and chocolate will have to increase to accommodate for their larger size.
If you’re a serious chocaholic like I am then you need to check out these double chocolate chip cookies or chocolate fudge energy balls that are also made with dates. They’re both hamazing, if I do say so myself.
This recipe will take no more than 15 minutes of your time to prepare. However, you do need to leave them in the fridge for the melted chocolate to set, bringing the total time to just under an hour.
A note worth mentioning when it comes to picking chocolate, if you want the healthiest type of chocolate always go for organic and free from refined sugars and any emulsifiers or preservatives. The ones I go for usually have cocoa, cocoa mass or cocoa butter and an unrefined sugar. No lecithins or any other additives. You will quickly find that not many brands keep the ingredients that simple. And if you wanna go the extra mile on ethics, get it fair trade while you can.
These chocolate covered stuffed dates are moreish, creamy, crunchy and just perfect. I really can’t get over how stupidly easy they are to make. Besides, dates are a rich source of iron and technically count as 1 of your 5 a day, so I’m just sayin if you eat the whole thing, you’ll be aight…
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What You’ll need:
Double boiler OR
Pyrex glass bowl and saucepan
45mins - 1 hour
16 stuffed dates
120g or 16 pitted deglet noor dates
80g dark chocolate, broken into chunks
20g or 32 pistachio kernels
2 tbsp shredded coconut (optional)
Place all the dark chocolate in the double boiler or Pyrex bowl.
If using the double boiler, bring to medium heat and stir constantly until melted. Remove from heat.
If using a Pyrex bowl, fill a quarter of the saucepan with water and bring to medium heat. Place the the pyrex bowl on top of the saucepan and stir constantly until the chocolate melts completely. Remove from heat and allow to cool on the side.
While the chocolate is cooling, stuff all the dates with the pistachio kernels.
Take the stuffed dates and place them in the melted chocolate. Make sure to coat them carefully and entirely, handling them with a spoon and fork.
Move the chocolate coated stuffed dates to a baking tray lined with baking paper and sprinkle shredded coconut on top before moving them to the fridge.
Allow to set in the fridge for 30-45 mins before serving. Transfer them to an airtight container and store in the fridge for 7-10 days.
Chocolate - high in antioxidants that combat free radicals in your body which can help prevent disease in your body.
Dates - rich in dietary fibre and a great source of iron. They also contain vitamin A to protect your eyes, vitamin K to coagulate blood and increase bone density.
Pistachios - are a great source of healthy fat, protein and fibre making this nut an ideal snack. It is also a good source of Vitamin B6 and carotenoids which are essential for eye health.